The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles and points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
I’ll admit, I somehow missed that Airbus and Bombardier talked about a tie-up on the C Series a couple years ago. That would have made yesterday’s announcement a bit less surprising to me. I can’t tell if Boeing saw this coming. And, I can’t really say what’s going to happen next.
Are your favorite SPG hotels getting more expensive or cheaper for redeeming points? On whole, I think it’s a relatively mild change. There are a few notable properties and regions where things get cheaper or more expensive.
There were a couple of interesting tidbits yesterday about one of my favorite hotel chains, Hyatt. First, they announced a new brand coming to the Hyatt family. Centric is to debut this year with properties in both the US and abroad. As others have noted, creating a new lifestyle brand seems a bit out of sorts considering the brands Hyatt already has in their portfolio. I’m guessing that market research showed them there was a segment that wasn’t addressed. On the flip side, it may be that there’s a larger […]
Things I Find Interesting On Sunday, April 6th 2014: Gogo Internet Is Now Available On Flights In Canada. I’ve had a Gogo subscription since shortly after the service debuted. I’ve gotten a ton of value out of Wifi on planes through increased productivity, and the monthly pass saves a bunch over buying a pass for each flight. The Heels First Travel gals note that there’s a likely price increase coming down the pike on April 13th, so lock in your monthly pricing plan now. Are you smart enough to hack […]
Pictures are such an easy thing to take nowadays. Virtually everyone has a smartphone, and most smartphones take pictures as good (or sometimes better) than digital cameras. For our family, that means lots more memories captured when we travel. I was trying to think of a good contest to have this fall and also happened to be reviewing some of our summer vacation pics. And, that’s where I came up with the idea for the contest. First, I’m giving away one free coach ticket in for travel on American Airlines […]
Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite finalist of the Briggs & Riley TORQ suitcase giveaway for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Mommy Points has an awesome first week breakdown this year’s Daily Getaways deals from US Travel Association and American Express. If you’re not familiar with the Daily Getaways, they generally represent really good deals on travel from various sources. A big key here is to make sure you use your AMEX card to pay, as that offers you a 10% discount on […]
In today’s environment of increased security, longer lines and full planes, travel can be an adventure. Smart travelers find ways to make sure the adventure comes when you plan it as opposed to random road blocks along the way. Two of the best ways to guarantee a positive airport experience are Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check. TSA Pre-Check is a program in the domestic US that allows for expedited security screening. Due to recent expansion, you can find it at most sizable airports in the US. You can qualify for […]
We spent just a bit more than 2 days in the Niagara Falls area. Ultimately, 3 days is probably ideal but we kept up a pretty good pace and managed to get through most of what we wanted to see. There are boat rides from both sides of the border. We had read that the Maid of the Mist from the Canadian side was better, but both sides seemed to take the same route. There were more boats available on the Canadian side, though, which meant it was quicker to […]